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Studying under the Major and Minor System
To obtain a Bachelor's degree, you have to complete studies earning you a total of 180 ECTS credits (see "ECTS credits"). Bachelor's students at UZH's Faculty of Science can opt for either a single subject (a single major or major only) or a combination of subjects (major/minor system). The major/minor system allows you to combine a main subject (major) with one or a maximum of two minor subjects and have them stated on your Bachelor's diploma. In the Faculty of Science, it's generally possible to complete combined studies without extending the three-year (six-semester) standard period of study.
You have the following choices:
▪ Major (180 ECTS credits)
▪ Major (150 ECTS credits) plus a second minor (30 ECTS credits)
▪ Major (120 ECTS credits) plus a first minor (60 ECTS credits)
▪ Major (120 ECTS credits) plus two second minors (30 ECTS credits each)
Most Bachelor's programs can be completed with a single (focused) major (180 ECTS credits) or with a major earning 150 or 120 ECTS credits. The study programs in biochemistry, earth system science, and chemistry and business studies can only be studied as a single (focused) major. Biomedicine can be studied as focused major and major with 150 ECTS credits. When applying to study, you must register for a single major or a combination of subjects. However, given that the schedules for the major programs are identical in the first year, and minor subjects generally don't commence until the third semester, you will have the opportunity to review your decision during your first year of study. You can change the combination of programs yourself with each semester enrollment. However, it's important to make sure that the correct combination of programs is specified by your last semester at the latest. Please also note that if you choose minors from other faculties, particularly the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Informatics, modules will only count toward a minor if you are enrolled for the minor in question.
Majors (Majors and Single Majors)
Download Study Information Brochure
The information brochure "Science and mathematics: Bachelor's and Master's programs at the University of Zurich's Faculty of Science" (German only) provides information on the study programs, the way studies are set up and structured, our faculty, and the most important people to contact. You'll also find tips on how to choose what to study, and information on other offerings for students.
Download Study Programs
The following links will take you to specific information on individual study programs that can be completed as either a single major or a major in combination with other subjects.